Round Rock New Neighbors is a social organization of women welcoming women in the Round Rock area since 1978. Both "new" and "old" neighbors are welcome. For more information: [Barnes & Noble requires that RRNN's book club be open to the public, so you do not need to be an RRNN member to attend book club, and both men and women are welcome and do attend. ]

Literary Events

The Friends of the Georgetown Public Library’s Hill Country Authors Series events will be listed here. Next event:


Austin novelist, Jeff Abbott, will return to the Georgetown Public Library to speak at the Hill Country Authors Series on Wednesday, January 31st at 2 PM. Abbott’s first appearance here was in 2012; this time he’ll discuss his fourteenth novel, Blame, published July, 2017, to critical acclaim. Known as one of the best thriller writers in the business, his latest effort was described by fellow thriller author, Harlan Coben, as “the perfect blend of complex characters, plot twists galore, and great psychological suspense."

Bestsellers around the world, Jeff's novels are thrillers that center on ordinary people caught up in sudden, unexpected nightmares, often related to secrets in their past. They combine high-stakes intrigue with emotional punch.

In Blame an amnesiac accident victim has to investigate her own past in Abbott’s tense psychological thriller. Froom Kirkus Review: “The Austin, Texas, suburb of Lakehaven is shaken when two teenagers drive off a cliff; driver Jane Norton survives while high school hero David Hall is killed. Jane comes out of a coma with part of her memory lost. After a note is found at the accident scene that suggests Jane caused the accident in a suicide attempt, she becomes an outcast; as Jane pieces together her own history, she becomes convinced she wasn’t trying to kill herself, and the accident starts looking more like murder. The unconventional plot, the constant surprises, and above all the psychological depth of the characters all make this a first-rate crime novel. “

A Rice University graduate with a degree in History and English, Abbott worked as a creative director at an advertising agency for more than eleven years, as he continued to write novels. He left that job in 2005 in order to write full-time after the success of his thriller, Panic. Three of his novels have been optioned for film, and are in script development.

He is a three-time nominee for the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award and a two-time nominee for the Anthony Award. Jeff’s first novel, Do Unto Others, won both the Agatha Award and the Macavity Award.

The event begins at 2 pm at the library located at 402 W. 8th Street in Georgetown; the doors open at 1:30 pm. Tickets may be purchased online (link here) beginning December 1 at the special online price of $13.00. Tickets will go on sale in the Second-Hand Prose bookstore on the second floor of the library on January 2, 2018 for $15.00, $18 at the door. Tickets are also available from the Wow!mobile, the bookmobile that services Georgetown. Contact Marcy Lowe at 512-868-8974 for more information.

A dessert and beverage from the Red Poppy Café in the library will be served.


The Nobel Prize in Literature was given to author Kazuo Ishiguro.
Amazon is planning a video series based on stories by Philip K. Dick. Date of release is not yet announced.
Click here to see the trailer for Stephen Spielberg's Ready Player One, currently scheduled to debut March 30th. Look for the DeLorean. (Hint-it's moving quickly and is black and you're more likely to find it if you watch one of the explanatory videos that elaborates on the trailer.) If you want to, stay on the YouTube page and see lots more about Ready Player One. After all, it's a movie about the native online generation.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Water for Elephants - Popular Book Club Book

Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen, was very well liked. One of us didn't like it much and one didn't think the ending was credible enough to be a great ending, but there were many rave reviews among the group. It is always nice to dig into a book club book and feel like it fits. It seems to happen often enough, or there wouldn't be book clubs! I think all of us find it easier to find a book that fits than a dress! I guess our minds are a little more plastic than our bodies. Hence the global appeal of virtual reality. But we'll not start going there right now. We'll stick with the circus.

We had insights! I captured a few in my notes. I try to take some notes during our meetings, but I get to enjoying the meeting so much that I miss some notes and probably forget some good points. So, you see, you do have to attend the meeting to get it all! Who was it who said that you can either enjoy your vacation or take photos? I always was big on cameras ever since I was a child, so I often have thought of that quote.

Allison presented Water for Elephants and some information about historic aspects of the book, ie, printouts about the Jamaican drink "Jake Leg" and about the circus wreck that the stampede in the book was compared to in the book. Jake leg was a low-cost substitute for alcohol that was made and sold during the days of Prohibition. Being cheap, it was sold mostly among the lowest economic class. We talked about how the paralysis and death that were connected with the drink didn't make the news in as big a way as they might have if the upper classes had been drinking it. A good number of people were sickened by the drink before the problem was discovered and the drink disappeared.

We discussed the traveling circuses and what they meant to the towns they traveled to back before there was TV. Even during most of our childhoods, the circus was a big event, particularly the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus. Most of us have been to a Ringling Bros circus. I once did a paper on a biography of Tom Thumb, a midget in the Ringling circus. I remember it was such interesting reading that I felt I was somehow having it too easy with that assignment.

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